18 Burst results for "Kurt Voelker"

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

02:36 min | 11 months ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Continues to focus on the question questions been politicized the Russian government's goal is to we can our country to diminish America's global role and to neutralize a perceived U. S. threat to Russian interests president trump new this to his former homeland security adviser Tom boxer said that the idea that you crave hacked the DNC server was quote not only a conspiracy theory it is completely debunked close quote and he and other US officials spent hours with the president explaining why the second false allegation that the president wanted to the Ukrainians to announce was that vice president Biden used his power to protect the company and whose board his son sat by forcing the removal of Victor Shokan the corrupt the former prosecutor general it is true that vice president Biden help remove Mr Shokan who is widely believed to be corrupt and as I said a few minutes ago it was official policy the United States the European community and others in order to fight corruption in Ukraine to ask the choking and would saying go be removed to the vice president vice president Biden is fulfilling US policy pressured you crane to remove Shokan not to secure some personal benefit but to advance the official policy of the United States and its allies even missile Sanko who initially ceded the allegations against Mr Biden in American media later admitted that the allegations against the vice president were false Andrew Yani and Rudy Giuliani told Kurt Voelker the special representative for Ukrainian negotiations when a prominent role in this game that he also knew the attacks on Joe Biden we're a lie with ambassador your vantage out of the way the first chapter of the Ukraine's game was complete Mr Giuliani and his agents could now apply direct pressure to the Ukrainian government to spread these two falsehoods and who benefited from this game who said Mr Giuliani to Ukraine in the first place of course we could rephrase that question as a former Republican leader of the Senate Howard Baker asking in nineteen seventy three what did the president know and.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KCRW

KCRW

02:38 min | 11 months ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KCRW

"US the poppy crane which continues to face some depression aggressions been politicized the Russian government's goal is to we can our country to diminish America's global role and to neutralize a perceived U. S. threat to Russian interests president trump new this to his former homeland security adviser time by Sir said that the idea that you crane hacked the DNC server was quote not only a conspiracy theory it is completely debunked close quote and he and other US officials spent hours with the president explaining why the second false allegation that the president wanted the Ukrainians to announce was that vice president Biden used his power to protect the company and whose board his son sat by forcing the removal of Victor Shokan the corrupt the former prosecutor general it is true that vice president Biden help remove Mr Shokan who is widely believed to be corrupt and as I said a few minutes ago it was official policy the United States the European community and others in order to fight corruption in Ukraine to ask the choking and would saying go be removed to the vice president vice president Biden is with filling US policy pressured you agreeing to remove choking not to secure some personal benefit but to advance the official policy of the United States and its allies even missile Sanko who initially ceded the allegations against Mr Biden in American media later admitted that the allegations against the vice president were false Andrew Yani and Rudy Giuliani told Kurt Voelker the special representative for Ukrainian negotiations when a prominent role in this game that he also knew the attacks on Joe Biden we're ally with ambassador your vantage out of the way the first chapter of the Ukraine's game was complete Mr Giuliani and his agents could now apply direct pressure to the Ukrainian government to spread these two falsehoods and who benefited from this game who said Mr Giuliani to Ukraine in the first place of course we could rephrase that question as a former Republican leader of the Senate Howard Baker asked that in nineteen seventy three what did the president know and when.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

03:56 min | 11 months ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"Ola guards certainly with the approval of the political leadership funded this candidate or female candidate to be more precise that's president Putin talking shifting the blame to Ukraine Dr Fiona hill best explained how the Ukraine narrative is a fictional narrative being propagated by the Russian security services best on questions and statements I've heard some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and the pops somehow for some reason you cringe as this is a fictional narrative that is being perpetrated in propagated by the Russian security services themselves the unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked democratic institutions in twenty sixteen this is the public conclusion of our intelligence agencies confirmed in bipartisan congressional reports it is beyond dispute even if some of the underlying details Mister man classifies the impacts of the successful twenty sixteen Russian campaign remains evident today our nation is being taught apos through his questions our highly professional expert career foreign service is being undermined US the poppy crane which continues to face some to question questions been politicized the Russian government's goal is to we can our country to diminish America's global role and to neutralize a perceived U. S. threat to Russian interests president trump new this to his former homeland security adviser time by Sir said that the idea that you crane hacked the DNC server was quote not only a conspiracy theory it is completely debunked close quote and he and other US officials spent hours with the president explaining why the second false allegation that the president wanted the Ukrainians to announce was that vice president Biden used his power to protect the company and whose board his son sat by forcing the removal of Victor Shokan the corrupt the former prosecutor general it is true that vice president Biden help remove Mr Shokan who is widely believed to be corrupt and as I said a few minutes ago it was official policy the United States the European community and others in order to fight corruption in Ukraine to ask that show can and lewd saying go be removed so vice president vice president Biden is with filling U. S. policy pressured you agreeing to remove choking not to secure some personal benefit but to advance the official policy of the United States and its allies even missile Sanko who initially ceded the allegations against Mr Biden in American media later admitted that the allegations against the vice president were false Andrew Yani and Rudy Giuliani told Kurt Voelker the special representative for Ukrainian negotiations when a prominent role in this game that he also knew the attacks on Joe Biden we're ally with ambassador your vantage out of the way the first chapter of the Ukraine scheme was complete Mr Giuliani and his agents could now apply direct pressure to the Ukrainian government to spread these two falsehoods and who benefited from this game who sent Mister Giuliani to Ukraine in the first place of course we could rephrase that question as a former Republican leader of the Senate Howard Baker asking in nineteen seventy three what did the president know and when did he know it.

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'Quid Pro Quo,' Switched To 'Bribery'

Heart Talk

03:27 min | 11 months ago

'Quid Pro Quo,' Switched To 'Bribery'

"Groups bribery extortion and bribery drive an ally that's a that's bribery first full as the founders understood bribery it was not as we understand it in the law today it was much broader it connoted the breach of the public trust in a way where you're offering official acts for some personal or political reasons not in the nation's interest all Adam Schiff tells us that what you think is bribery isn't really bribery and what the law says is bribery is it really bribery sexually Adam shifts version of bribery this is the life of twenty nineteen least number nine joining us now on the line got congressman lease Elden in Congress but I know I'm gonna ask you just a moment about these terrible tax in New York City but just for a moment can can you reflect you were one of the guys down there doing the tough work taken the depositions wading through the evidence did you ever hear any witnesses mentioned bribery no not at all as a matter of fact I heard witnesses refuting what would be the elements of bribery went right out of the gate they bring in former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Voelker who's telling us that president so if you didn't know that there is a hold on aid until was reading political on August twenty nine that the aid gets very shortly thereafter in Ukraine and have to do anything in order to get the Aprilia so elements were actually disproven it would not only did not come up but if you actually read the transcripts and listen to the open hearings none of these people had any evidence to support it down should point you to ignore all the evidence that actually supports the president's position that there is no bribery or extortion or control well so you're down there listening to the depositions I've read all of from thousands of pages the word bribery is only mentioned in the context of bear Reese mine the bidens in their nefarious activities never mentioned as it relates to the president but yet there was this there was this like whole week where we heard nothing but bribery from the Democrats a we've seen reporting that that's a consequence of their pollsters and pundits who told them that bribery would sell better to the American people even though they had no evidence and so if you're just a regular American out there doing your job raising your family you're trying to keep up with all this nonsense in Washington what are you to make of the fact that Democrats made a claim and then couldn't evidence it and now we still remain an impeachment limbo I think that this is a a warning shot also just how important next November's election is these are people who are not responsible with their travel when you get get when they got double this past January when dance you close to become speaker gunship becomes juror jury dollar becomes Jr and Maxine waters becomes a chair they'll get the devils in their minds their instincts the first thing that they want to do with them is beat someone over the head with it they want scalps they want to go after the president they want to resist oppose impeaching obstruct everything and anything what should the American people make of what they're doing right now is that we should feel empowered understanding of just how important is that that you all the listeners who are out there he control of our Republic next November with their vote to reelect Donald Trump to another four year term and to refuse gavel that the hands of these people who just want to be folks over the head with it instead of working with colleagues on the other side of the aisle to work with the president

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KSFO-AM

KSFO-AM

02:47 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KSFO-AM

"To know more Sean Hannity right summary Sean I'll ask you first Davis from the federalist thirty seconds how does this now AM I think that the end with the vote in the house that is completely partisan with all Democrats and no Republicans voting to impeach I think that gets to the Senate and it goes nowhere in the Senate and they may have a trial but there's no way under trump getting connected the whole thing is a a show me to damage him the head of the twenty twenty election Gregg Jarrett had as an end same way Sean said it would this is a carnival and frankly I wrote a column that said trump I should hope the chips carnival never stops because it only extends to his benefit eighty insurers his continued residence at sixteen hundred Pennsylvania Avenue the backlash against Democrats here will be severe all right when we come back thank you both avis Gregg Jarrett eight hundred nine four one Shawn we'll get to some of your calls actually gonna talk to a real whistle blower and what are the real protections it is going to break some news at the top of the five o'clock hour about now we know that the hearsay whistle blowers now was friends with two people in ships office and served with two people at the same time in the early days of the trump White House that's coming up while your calls we have an amazing Hannity tonight nine eastern fox news will continue Democrats keep hammering away during the impeachment hearings contending president transactions may have amounted to bribery democratic congressman Jim Himes asked former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Voelker to expand on his testimony regarding president trump's July twenty fifth phone call with Ukraine's president what specifically in that call to the Ukraine president do you find unacceptable or troubling it is the reference to vice president Biden hand as National Security Council expert lieutenant colonel Alexander vin men told lawmakers that the July phone call reference was inappropriate trump said during a cabinet meeting that he doesn't know women and he never heard of him a man stabbed to death aboard a San Francisco Bay Area commuter train on Tuesday they've been trying to stay atop the theft of another rider shoes according to authorities the suspect was arrested a block away after car dealership employees said he was trying to steal them.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

NewsRadio KFBK

01:49 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK

"By Audi right now trending on news ninety three point one K. of BK former Ukraine envoy Kurt Voelker testified in that house impeachment hearing today that Republican criticism of former vice president Joe Biden is not credible those are witness called by Republicans testified today that Biden respects his duties of higher office and is not credible that he would act in any way other than in the national interest as well he said and it seems so hard to believe but thanksgiving only about a week away at least the beginning of a travel for thanksgiving and Ryan borough of ABC news in Chicago I understand that we're looking at a big big crowd at all the nation's airports yeah all all engines ago starting this Friday actually when things are really starting to pick up as far as the holiday travel season goes and get this airlines for America the industry trade organization the tracks U. S. domestic flight says over a twelve day span starting this upcoming Friday and going through the holiday over twelve days they're expecting to see it thirty one point six million flyers US air carriers and that is not only a record for the holiday but even side of that twelve days on that Sunday following three point one million flyers that would be an all time of flying record day in a single day record would be three point one million flyers in one single sex so that's something we've never seen before no it is not which is going to make traveling that day very interesting because the TSA obviously is gearing up expecting to have a lot of people going through checkpoints the airlines obviously gearing up for that but we'll see once you put that into motion what that looks like.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

06:32 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on The Majority Report with Sam Seder

"Am I correct that neither of you were provided sided with a reason for why the president put a hold on security assistance to Ukraine. My understanding was that was reviewing the assistance to insure. It was in line with administration priorities. But it was not made more specific than that Colonel Edmon consistent the review is to ensure story was remained consistent with administration policies. You attended a meeting in John. Bolton's Office on July tenth where Investors Sunland and interjected to respond to a question by senior officials about a White House visit. What did he say at that? Time to the best of my recollection ambassador Sunlen said that in order to get a White House meeting their Ukrainians would have to provide a deliverable on which investigations specific investigations. And what was the master Bolton's response or reaction to that comment. The we had completed all of the agenda items and we still had time for a meeting and Ambassador Bolton abruptly ended the meeting. Did you report this incident to the National Security Council lawyers yes. I did based on market the July tenth meeting was at your clear your understanding that the Ukrainians understood they had to commit to investigations. President trump wanted in order to get the White House meeting. It may have not been entirely clear at that moment. Certainly Ambassador Sunlen was calling for these meetings and he had he had stated that his he had this. This was developed per conversation with the Chief of Staff Mr Mick Mulvaney but I right. The connection to the president wasn't clear at that point. Posit one second but okay so let me explain to you. What's what what he is testifying here on July tenth? There was a meeting with with with Bolton with Fiona Hill with Rick Perry. He believes vitamin believes. That Kurt Voelker was there for parts of it. Sunderland Bolton obviously a guy named wells griffith whose name I hadn't heard prior to this the Ukrainians ends there. Were a guy named Daniel. Lick your mock who is Zilenski assistant and a third person who is a Daniel Eq adviser so what what victims just testified to is that during the course of the meeting Sunlen brings up in front of everybody. You guys gotTa GotTa get these investigations Burrieza and Biden. You got to announce it or you. Don't get the money and Boulton in reaction to that says meeting meeting over everybody. Leaves the American stay. He asked the Ukrainians leave. And that moment. That second can meeting on July tenth that is now without the Ukrainians. He says we're not getting involved in this drug deal. That's where that line came from and that exchange in that first meeting is the first time that vitamin goes to the I G. The second time is After the July twenty fifth phone call. Because the I G it said like thank you for letting me know about this if anything like this comes up again let me know two weeks later later more or less does continue but the import of what master Sunland Center in that meeting was that there was an agreement with Mick Mulvaney that is alinsky would get the meeting if they would undertake these investigations. That is correct about two weeks. After that July I tenth meeting President Trump Imprisons Linski had their second call the now infamous July twenty fifth. Call kronman what was your real time reaction to hearing that call chairman without hesitation. I A new that I had to report this. To the White House counsel I had concerns and it was my duty to report my concerns to the proper for proper people in the chain of command. And what was your concern. Chairman as I said in my statement It was inappropriate. It was improper for the president to request and EH to demand an investigation into a political opponent opponent. Especially at foreign power where there's At best dubious believe this would be completely impartial investigation and that this would have significant. It's getting implications became public knowledge and it would be perceived as a partisan play it would undermine our policy and it would undermine our national security kernel. You you've described this as demand this favourite that the president asked. What is it about the relationship between between the President United States and the president of Ukraine? That leads you to conclude that when the president states asked to favor like this. It's really a demand chairman German culture. I come from the military culture when a senior asks you to do something even if it's play in pleasant it's it's it's not. It's not to be taking as a request. It's it's to be taken as an order in this case. The power disparity between the two leaders is that in order to get the White House meeting Presidents alinsky would have to deliver these investigations. All right and so. That's that's what I mean. That is the gist of what a vindication had to say. We'll we will when we pick up in a second. We we will hear from the Democratic Council walking victim and through trump's cau- and it's being its lack of being. US official policy. Let's see however let me remind you. Hiring can be a slow process super slow process..

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:50 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"With the hope that you're going to win more but you may lose all your money I'm candy Malone and today on planet money we go deep into the world of sports betting and I'm guy rise today and how I build this we meet a man who took a chance on an ice cream novelty invented by accident you know even quicker way to freeze it would be using like nitrogen and I'm actually makes my spring out of and into beads Kirk Jones cold as ice cream dipping dots and started to sell it at fairs stadiums and shopping malls eventually growing it into a multi billion dollar brand gets an hour of economics and innovation on plant life from and who are you in Washington Jeanine hers tensions between police and pro democracy protesters in Hong Kong are growing and Marie Evans reports police stormed a university campus after a night of violence these are extraordinary scenes even in a change to Hong Kong a huge fire raged across the entrance of the Hong Kong polytechnic university from multiple petrol bombs launched by anti government protest as the police issued warnings throughout the night in a marathon standoff escalating to an unprecedented warning that they would use life file before entering the grounds just before dawn they've made a series of arrests and both police and firefighters doused the flames of barricades that had been satellite throughout the night both the Catholic bishop Joseph hall and local pro democracy politician founder John were on the scene appealing to the police to show restraint Hong Kong is now in its six months of unrest for NPR news I'm Anna Marie Evans in Hong Kong the impeachment inquiry into president trump is picking up momentum as it answers that second week of public hearings and here's a me held reports eight people are scheduled to appear before the house intelligence committee this week lieutenant colonel Alexander van men with the National Security Council appears on Tuesday he was listening in on the July phone call between trump and his Ukrainian counterpart now at the center of the probe women's testify the White House filed an edited wrecker of that call that left out key words and phrases placing it in a more secure archival system than usual Kurt Voelker former US special envoy to Ukraine appears later to say he's testified there was no quid pro quo but Democrats will likely use his text messages to bolster case that US military aid was used as leveraged against Ukraine to investigate the violence Gordon someone the US ambassador to the U. appears Wednesday he texted with well Kerr about trump wanting the deliverable Amy held and pure news Washington he was in South Korea say they're postponing an upcoming joint military exercise that North Korea calls provocative Michael Sullivan reports the announcement came during an Asian defense ministers conference in Bangkok US defense secretary mark asper telling reporters it was not a concession to Pyongyang but an act of good will in an effort to advance peace he also expressed hope that North Korea would respond favorably the US has been urging North Korea to resume stalled talks aimed at getting Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons program in June president trump became the first sitting U. S. president to set foot in the north we met Kim Jong on at the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas since that meeting the north has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests for NPR news I'm Michael Sullivan in Chiang rai Thailand Asian markets are trading higher the hang sang up one percent the Nikkei up a quarter of a percent you're listening to NPR news from Washington the lagoon city of Venice was hit today by a record third exceptional high tide in five days its worst week of flooding sensitive six began in eighteen seventy two and Sylvia patrol the reports many other parts of Italy were also hit hard by harsh weather events then.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

04:13 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Human imagination we've had to believe in the impossible the true nature of reality beckons just beyond those talks those ideas dad did for radio from NPR I'm guy rise coming up would really appeals to me about the philosophy of open source is allowing for answers to appear in places and you could have never imagined it's about giving everybody opportunity it was better than just getting ideas it was getting solutions if it hadn't been opened the wooden sick enough this episode open source world first the news live from NPR news in Washington I'm Jeanine Herbst defense secretary Marquez versus joint US south Korean military exercises will be postponed as the trump administration works to seal a deal with North Korea I see this is a good faith effort by the United States and the Republic of Korea to enable people to shape the right if you will to facilitate a political agreement a deal if you will the least of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula the joint training exercises have long been criticized by the north but as for says the decision is in no way a concession by the U. S. truck was met Kim Jong moon three times and twenty eighteen trying to end the north's missile and nuclear programs and today tweeted the Kim should act quickly and get the job done last week North Korea says it turned down a U. S. offer for new talks ahead of the year long deadline John Young set for Washington to show more flexibility in negotiations the impeachment inquiry into president trump and his dealings with Ukraine is picking up momentum as it enters its second week of public hearings and here's a me held reports eight people who have already testified behind closed doors are scheduled to appear again this time in public before the house intelligence committee this week lieutenant colonel Alexander van men with the National Security Council appears on Tuesday he was listening in on the July phone call between trump and his Ukrainian counterpart now at the center of the probe determines testify the White House filed an edited record of that call that left out key words and phrases placing it in a more secure archival system than usual Kurt Voelker former US special envoy to Ukraine appears later to say he's testified there was no quid pro quo but Democrats will likely use his text messages to bolster case that US military aid was used as leverage against Ukraine to investigate the violence Gordon song when the US ambassador to the U. appears Wednesday he texted with well Kerr about trump wanting the deliverable inhaled and pure news Washington police in the south eastern European country of Croatia shot at migrants trying to slip into neighboring Slovenia twenty kisses reports one man is in critical condition speaking to reporters creations interior minister dive or buzzing of edge would not say how many migrants had been shot at he also did not reveal their nationalities he did say that one of the migrants has been hospitalized because of gunshot wounds he promised that Ortiz would investigate creche is cracking down on border security because it's trying to get into the European union's passport free zone the E. U. drastically tightened its borders after twenty fifteen when more than a million migrants arrived the few migrants who managed to get in now travel through box in countries like creation Slovenia as they try to reach western Europe neighboring Bosnia which is not in the U. accuses creche of pushing back my grants for NPR news I'm Joe and a kick SS and you're listening to NPR news from Washington live from KQED news in San Francisco I'm Jeremy Siegel PGA and D. E. is warning of another possible planned a power outage this week that could affect parts of the bay area he Tony says they might cut power in parts of the Sierra foothills the north valley and the North Bay on Wednesday in an effort to prevent its equipment from sparking fires amid forecasts of potentially strong winds and dry conditions National Weather Service meteorologist Roger chaos right now the strongest winds look to be up in the North Bay.

"kurt voelker" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

760 KFMB Radio

10:28 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio

"Your letter just ask Alexis deployer red eye radio been say Alexa volume to and he is curly on Gerry McNamara eight six six nine D. run I over the weekend and just always refreshing myself on Kurt Voelker the special on the former special envoy who resigned and over the Democrats went nuts okay now we need to testify right they they released shifts office released who late Thursday wouldn't get a chance talk about on Friday we did see by that time but the real you know release the actual transcript here and you see why the Republicans said look there was nothing there you know Voelker vehemently denied that he had ever urge Ukrainian government to dig up any any any dirt and Voelker testified that he never even mentioned a delay on U. S. military assistance to Ukrainian officials until late August when news reports indicated that funding had been put on hold Fokker statement directly under cuts claims that the funding was part of a quid pro quo meant to force Ukrainians to take certain actions in order for the military aid to to be released and so you said you know that the discussions that you know he had with seven different you know parties in the Ukrainian government and none of that ever came up press number Kay said the only thing really they were trying to do was you know through his contacts with Ukraine was to convince the president because the president was very wary and justifiably so then add to the corruption in the in the Ukraine had gone away and so that was always been concerned of the president but apparently after one of the means I did convince a president you know to set a meeting and do all that so you but when you look at it the quid pro quo goes out through the window so you don't have a problem if you don't have the quid pro quo and then you have the when you think about the guys that was focused testimony that's the part that came that people really wondered about and by the time we got to Friday that's what the the the talk was will you didn't get that that actually killed the quid pro quo voters testimony right so you don't have the promise of doing something you don't have a quid pro quo what do you have well that's it and so my question if you don't have that then what was the answer I mean what was the the the next move second second whistle blowers lowered coming coming for well well well actually I I think would you agree I mean interrupt you but if you were god well I mean it's it seems like the plague right I mean this is this is going to end and it's not even a chess match I don't even want to say that because it's more like like Dodge ball it's more like Dodge ball because there is no real strategy by the left I mean the whoever's putting this together is really horrible organizer and so the question is now where do you go well the introduced the second was a bore which means what what was the person that had first hand knowledge so now you're admitting the first whistle blower so called was lower never had first hand knowledge because last week that seem to be the back and forth now that's died and okay now we've got the the the the person with first hand knowledge well but it doesn't say that that person has anything new as you pointed out earlier we haven't seen that maybe there is something they're going to introduce or try and introduce but we saw the transcript of the phone call so I don't know how that changes anything this so called whistle I think that's important to note that because the the lawyers absolutely wanted to promote the fact that they had new whistle blowers well the next thing is if you're trying to grab the public attention the next thing would be we have new and more damage information do you know damning information on the president's phone call that wasn't released in the transcript that would be the next thing you would expect we haven't gotten that as of yet but the point the other with the initial point of trying to make is that Volker had his testimony on on Thursday right so he came forth and you learn there's no quid pro quo that's damage right yeah so the next thing is the inspector general of the intelligence community then testifies on Friday and were you know what comes out what comes out of there you've got Radcliffe coming out of that meeting represent reckless the Republican and stating wait a minute I mean this is just a complete cluster here you have the here you have the the the fact that we know now we know that Adam Schiff lied and Adam Schiff's office did have direct contact he or his staff had direct contact with the whistle blower and this too and again which means information was transferred right side kind of art may she was transferred right do you know to them at that point which then brings up as you brought up earlier does that mean that the whistle blower realized at that point it was advise you just told us top secret information you can't do that that's against the law you need to go back and become a whistle blower and protect yourself that's one of the questions that that is is being asked but the fact is the other thing is that what you have done is this whistle blower is completely and totally tainted and so we shift in leading this investigation because now he is a witness he is a factual witness in the case that he is investigating yes and you can't do that so how do you solve that problem you get rid of the first whistle blower right yes that that person no that's that's the that has to be the next that's because otherwise Adam Schiff is except you go back to how did we learn all of this and what started this to begin with and that is the first whistle blower that's hard to discount it was based on that first whistle blower issuing filing the complaint and then the second was a blower if they had direct knowledge was at one of the who was that one of the people that told the first whistle blower the information and then realized as we had said earlier that from sharyl Attkisson made that point that he realized all I'm a leaker idly top secret information I can be prosecuted oops wait a minute I become a whistle blower right and then hopefully I'm protected or at least this gets lost in the entire shuffle yeah because I'm I'm I'm a whistleblower right you know that's that's it I think Cheryl accent is on to something they leaked information they realized it was going to come back at them then you seek shelter you do that by filing a whistle blower complaint in hiring a lawyer except whistle blower doesn't apply in this case well that's one reason that I thought I would hear more from Republicans the whistleblower law doesn't apply because it's the president why they're allowing them to use right why did they take this to court it's not part of the whistleblower law worn or are they waiting to take it to court is is either waiting for that yeah right they they waiting when it's like okay no you're gonna be forced to testify you're not part of whistle blower and we can release who you are right so they waiting to do that let me tell you right now you and I both know it this was whistle blower against Obama we'd know their name their address for kids the the yeah the the the the elementary school there absolutely they they went to their I. Q. and how many home runs a hidden little league baseball yeah right and how many pig tails they they they pulled in class when they were in first grade and dipped into an ink well right I get a medium younger people what the hell you talk it would be it would be cabin all part two I mean think about that I mean if well you know I mean if you if if they had gone to the process of Merrick garland right just imagine during the Obama years it played out and there was a complaint that was issued in all the sudden they brought that person well first of all it wouldn't be it wouldn't happen it wouldn't happen because in order for that to happen the Democrats will control the Senate which means they would control the Judiciary Committee which means they would allow that spectacle to take place so you know Grassley allowed and that's but that's exactly ask yourself that question where we are right now if this was a complaint about Obama end the whole transcript have been released but that phone call Debbie no story anymore well it would be a story because Chuck Todd would be saying wait a minute you guys are bringing up some kind of conspiracy theory here and we have the transcript tell me where the law was broken it's getting interesting line.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

KTAR 92.3FM

09:42 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

"One air the show in your letter just ask Alexis deployer red eye radio been say Alexa volumes and and he is Carly I'm Gerry McNamara eight six six nine D. right I over the weekend and just always refreshing myself on Kurt Voelker the special on the former special envoy who resigned and are the Democrats went nuts okay now we need to testify right the the released ships office released who late Thursday wouldn't get a chance talk about on Friday we did see it by that time but the real you know release the actual transcript here and you see why the Republicans said look there was nothing there you know Voelker vehemently denied that he had ever urge Ukrainian government to dig up any any any dirt and Voelker testified that he never even mentioned a delay on U. S. military assistance to Ukrainian officials until late August when news reports indicated that funding had been put on hold Voelker statement directly under cuts claims that the funding was part of a quid pro quo meant to force Ukrainians to take certain actions in order for the military aid to to be released and so it is said you know that the discussions that you know he had with seven different you know parties in the Ukrainian government and none of that ever came up right number Kay said the only thing really they were trying to do was you know through his contacts with Ukraine was to convince the president because the president was very wary and justifiably so that the corruption in the in the Ukraine had gone away and so that was always been concerned of the president but apparently after one of the meetings I did convince a president you know to set a meeting and do all that so you but when you look at the quid pro quo goes out through the window so you don't have a problem if you don't have the quid pro quo and then you have the when you think about the guys that was focused testimony that's the part that can't that people really wondered about and by the time we got to Friday that's what the the the talk was will you didn't get that that actually killed the quid pro quo Volcker's testimony right so you don't have the promise of doing something you don't have a quid pro quo what do you have well that's it and so my question if you don't have that then what was the answer I mean what was the the next move second second whistle blowers lowered coming coming for well well well actually I I think would you agree I mean interrupt you but if you were god well I mean it's it seems like the play right I mean this is this is going to end and it's not even a chess match I don't even want to say that because it's more like like Dodge ball it really it's more like Dodge ball because there is no real strategy by the left I mean the whoever's putting this together is really horrible organized and so the question is now where do you go well you introduce the second was a bore which means what what was the person that had first hand knowledge so now you're admitting the first whistle blower so called was lower never had first hand knowledge because last week that seem to be the back and forth now that she died and okay now we've got the the the the person with first hand knowledge well but it doesn't say that that person has anything new as you pointed out earlier we haven't seen that maybe there is something they're going to introduce or try and introduce but we saw the transcript of a phone call so I don't know how that changes anything the second so called whistle I think that's important to note that because the the lawyers absolutely wanted to promote the fact that they had new whistle blowers right well the next thing is if you're trying to grab the public attention the next thing would be we have new and more damage information do you know damning information on the president's phone call that wasn't released in the transcript that would be the next thing you would expect we haven't gotten that as of yet but the point the other with the initial point of trying to make is that Volker had his testimony on on Thursday right so he came forth and you learn there's no quid pro quo that's damage right yeah so the next thing is the inspector general of the intelligence community then testifies on Friday and were you know what comes out what comes out of there you've got Radcliffe coming out of that meeting represent rack let the Republican and stating wait a minute I mean this is just a complete cluster here you have the here you have the the the fact that we know now we know that Adam Schiff lied and Adam Schiff's office did have direct contact he or his staff had direct contact with the whistle blower and this too and again which means information was transferred some kind of right Mason was transferred right do you know to them at that point which then brings up as you brought up earlier does that mean that the whistle blower realized at that point it was advise you just told us top secret information you can't do that that's against the law you need to go back and become a whistle blower and protect yourself that's one of the questions that that is it is being asked but the fact is the other thing is that what you have done is this whistle blower is completely and totally tainted and so we shift in leading this investigation because now he is a witness he is a factual witness in the case that he is investigating yes and you can't do that so how do you solve that problem you get rid of the first whistle blower right yes that that person no that's that's the that has to be the next that's because otherwise Adam Schiff is except you go back to how did we learn all of this and what started this to begin with and that is the first whistle blower that's hard to discount it was based on that first whistle blower issuing filing the complaint and then the second whistle blower if they had direct knowledge was at one of the was that one of the people that told the first whistle blower the information and then realized as we had said earlier that from Cheryl accident made that point that he realized all I'm a leaker idly top secret information I can be prosecuted oops wait a minute I become a whistle blower right and then hopefully I'm protected or at least this gets lost in the entire shuffle yeah because I'm I'm I'm a whistleblower right you know that's that's it I think Cheryl accent is on to something they leaked information they realized it was going to come back at them then you seek shelter you do that by filing a whistle blower complaint in hiring a lawyer except whistle blower doesn't apply in this case well that's one reason that I thought I would hear more from Republicans the whistleblower law doesn't apply because it's the president why they allowing them to use why did they take this to court it's not part of the whistleblower law worn or are they waiting to take it to court is is either waiting for that yeah right they they waiting when it's like okay no you're gonna be forced to testify you're not part of whistle blower and we can release we you are right so are they waiting to do that let me tell you right now you and I both know it this was whistle blower against Obama we know their name their address for kids the the yeah the the the the elementary school that absolutely they they went to their I. Q. and how many home runs a hidden little league baseball yeah right and how many pig tails they they they pulled in class when they were in first grade and dipped into an ink well right thank I mean if younger people don't what the hell you talk it would be it would be cabin all part two I mean think about that I mean if well you know I mean if you if they've gone through the process of Merrick garland right just imagine during the Obama years it played out and there was a complaint that was issued in all the sudden they brought that person well first of all a problem it wouldn't be it wouldn't happen it wouldn't happen because in order for that to happen the Democrats will control the Senate which means they would control the Judiciary Committee which means that would allow that spectacle to take place it's the Maricopa county home.

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WJR 760

08:03 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on WJR 760

"One air the show in your letter just ask Alexis deployer red eye radio been say Alexa volume to and and he is curly on Kerry McNamara eight six six nine D. right I over the weekend and just always refreshing myself on Kurt Voelker the special on the former special envoy who resigned and are the Democrats went nuts okay now we need to testify right they they released Schiff's office released who late Thursday wouldn't get a chance talk about on Friday we did see it by that time but the real you know release the actual transcript here and you see why the Republicans said look there was nothing there you know Voelker of vehemently denied that he had ever urge Ukrainian government to dig up any any any dirt and Voelker testified that he never even mentioned a delay on U. S. military assistance to Ukrainian officials until late August when news reports indicated that funding had been put on hold Voelker statement directly under cuts claims that the funding was part of a quid pro quo meant to force Ukrainians to take certain actions in order for the military aid to be released and so it is said you know that the discussions that you know he had with seven different you know parties in the Ukrainian government and none of that ever came up right number Kay said the only thing really they were trying to do was you know through his contacts with Ukraine was to convince the president because the president was very wary and justifiably so then add to the corruption in the in the Ukraine had gone away and so that was always been concerned of the president but apparently after one of the meetings I did convince a president you know to set a meeting and do all that so you but when you look at it the quid pro quo goes out though the window so you don't have a problem if you don't have the quid pro quo and then you have the when you think about the guys that was focused testimony that's the part that can't that people really wondered about and by the time we got to Friday that's what the the the talk was will you didn't get that that actually killed the quid pro quo voters testimony right so you don't have the promise of doing something you don't have a quid pro quo what do you have well that's it and so my question if you don't have that then what was the answer I mean what was the the next move second second whistle blowers lowered coming coming for well well well actually I I think would you agree I mean interrupt you but if you're go ahead well I mean it's it seems like the play right I mean this is this is going to end and it's not even a chess match I don't even want to say that because it's more like like Dodge ball it's more like Dodge ball because there is no real strategy by the left I mean the whoever's putting this together is really horrible organized and so the question is now where do you go well you're introduced the second was a bore which means what what was the person that had first hand knowledge so now you're admitting the first whistle blower so called was lower never had first hand knowledge because last week that seem to be the back and forth now that's died and okay now we've got the the the the person with first and now well but it doesn't say that that person has anything new as you pointed out earlier we haven't seen that maybe there is something they're going to introduce or try and introduce but we saw the transcript of a phone call so I don't know how that changes anything the second so called whistle I think that's important to note that because the the lawyers absolutely want to promote the fact that they had new whistle blowers right well the next thing is if you're trying to read the public attention the next thing would be we have new and more damage information do you know damning information on the president's phone call that wasn't released in the transcript that would be the next thing you would expect we haven't gotten that as of yet but the point the other with the initial point of trying to make is that Volker had his testimony on on Thursday right so he came forth and you learn there's no quid pro quo that's damage right yeah so the next thing is the inspector general of the intelligence community then testifies on Friday and what you know what comes out what comes out of there you've got Radcliffe coming out of that meeting represent rack let the Republican and stating wait a minute I mean this is just a complete cluster here you have the here you have the the the fact that we know now we know that Adam Schiff lied and Adam Schiff's office did have direct contact he or his staff had direct contact with the whistle blower and this too and again which means information was transferred some kind of right may she was transferred right do you know to them at that point which then brings up as you brought up earlier does that mean that the whistle blower realized at that point it was advice you just told us top secret information you can't do that that's against the law you need to go back and become a whistle blower and protect yourself that's one of the questions that that is is being asked but the fact is the other thing is that what you have done is this whistle blower is completely and totally tainted and so we shift in leading this investigation because now he is a witness he is a factual witness in the case that he is investigating yes and you can't do as over so how do you solve that problem you get rid of the first whistle blower right yes that that person no that's that's the that has to be the next one that's because otherwise Adam Schiff is except you go back to how did we learn all of this and what started this to begin with and that is the first whistle blower that's hard to discount it was based on that first whistle blower issuing filing the complaint and then the second whistle blower if they had direct knowledge was at one of the was that one of the people that told the first whistle blower the information and then realized as we had said earlier that from sharyl Attkisson and made that point that he realized I I'm a leaker idly top secret information I can be prosecuted oops wait a minute I become a whistle blower right and then hopefully I'm protected or at least this gets lost in the entire shuffle yeah because I'm I'm I'm a whistleblower right you know that's that's it I think Cheryl accidents on something they leaked information they realized it was going to come back at them then you seek shelter you do that by filing a whistle blower complaint in hiring a lawyer except whistle blower doesn't apply in this case well that's one reason that I thought I would hear more from Republicans the whistleblower law doesn't apply because it's the president why they allowing them to use right.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

10:00 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KQED Radio

"In affordable housing they say they've already committed to addressing these requests in an agreement with the port of Oakland but activists say that agreement is not enough the team is hoping construction on the new ballpark will begin twenty twenty one I mean you must offer KQED news in sports cal football lost to number thirteen ranked were again on the road last night seventeen to seven Stanford beat number fifteen Washington twenty three to thirteen hockey the San Jose Sharks how to win against Anaheim three to one and in basketball the warriors played their first preseason game at chase center in San Francisco last night they lost to the Lakers won twenty three to one a one Jeremy Siegel kick you witness support comes from personal capital offering online money tools to give users at three hundred and sixty degree view of all of their money personal capital dot com support for NPR comes in PBS with retro report on PBS hosts Celeste Hadley Masud a funny and humorous Andy Borowitz explore the history behind today's headlines premieres tomorrow at eight nine central skews me premiers tomorrow at nine eight central on PBS the time now it is seven oh six now weekend edition's his weekend edition from NPR news I'm Lucasian of our good morning the impeachment inquiry picks up tomorrow where it left off Friday with a subpoena sent to a White House it's used to ignoring congressional requests a state department that missed its own subpoena deadline and investigators poring over text messages between US diplomats discussing what exactly the president wanted from Ukraine just this morning the lawyer the lawyer for the whistle blower whose complaint is at the base of this inquiry says he's representing another whistle blower there's a lot of moving parts fortunately NPR's moralizing is here to help good morning good morning low alright what's the latest well the latest is that the lawyer for the first whistle blower is tweeting that he is now representing a second whistleblower who he says has first hand knowledge of these events around the president and Ukraine Ukraine the first was a blower only had second and third hand knowledge we also know that there are subpoenas for White House documents and state department documents and personnel we don't know how cooperative the administration will be with those requests we know that the former ambassador to Ukraine Marie other no which is expected to testify on Thursday she was removed because the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others did not feel she was loyal enough to the president and we know that the latest bomb shell the text messages between the three U. S. death diplomats have already led to more requests for information one of the people in those exchanges Kurt Volker has already testified a second one Gordon some land is scheduled to testify on Tuesdays so lots and lots of action here I mean another whistle blower has got to be bad news for president trump I'm it seems like we really just have not heard the whole story yet no this is like a trail of breadcrumbs each revelation leads to something else some of them are pretty dramatic like those text messages where we learn that it wasn't just Rudy Giuliani freelancing in this Ukraine pressure campaign it was US diplomats actively pushing Ukraine to investigate Biden and the twenty sixteen election on behalf of the president and we have this cast of characters Kurt Voelker special envoy to Ukraine who disclosed the text messages we have William Taylor who we haven't heard from yet but he was the career diplomat brought in to replace the other know that she was uncomfortable with the whole arrangement and then Gordon son land who's this millionaire donor to trump an ambassador to the E. U. who was very intent on getting what he called the deliverable that the president wanted which was a Ukrainian vet investigation of Biden in exchange for what you crane wanted which was military aid to help them defend themselves against the Russians and a White House meeting to show that they had U. S. backing what is happening to his support among Republican lawmakers Mara I mean has anything changed us so far most Republican lawmakers are sheltering in place which which is as usual with any controversy around the president some of them like Marco Rubio suggested that the president was kidding when he said that China should investigate the Biden some of them are saying nothing but there are a few cracks Ben Sasse Susan Collins have criticized the president's action and Mitt Romney who has been the voice of conscience in the Senate in a mild way said on Friday that the president's brazen an unprecedented appeal to China which by the way is a communist dictatorship with no rule of law or due process and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is quote wrong and Apollo appalling trump Taj back at Romney he said Romney was a pompous **** who's been fighting me from the beginning and later he said Ronnie was a fool who's playing right into the hands of the Democrats so we don't know yet if Romney and Ben Sasse and Susan Collins are going to be the only critical voices or is this the start of something new at ten P. our political correspondent Marla awesome thank you thank you president trump has announced another new immigration rules set to take effect next month though it's likely headed to federal court the rule would require foreign nationals to prove that they have health insurance or the money to pay for their own health care costs before they can legally enter the United States simply put no proof no visa the president said this action is necessary to quote protect the availability of health care benefits for Americans who want to get a better understanding of how immigrants use and pay for healthcare in the United States and uncle Burke is an associate director of the center for public policy priorities in Austin Texas she spent her career working on healthcare access issues and she joins us now welcome good morning would this work I mean if you're a visitor and you're traveling you would obviously get travel insurance which isn't terribly expensive if you are coming to immigrate then what would you have to show it's a great question that we probably can't answer it sounds to me like it you know it could conceivably require the creation of a whole new segment of the health insurance industry that's just designed to answer this new requirement for even visiting the United States the thing that confuses me a little bit about this is this seems like an additional step that already when you apply for a visa outside the United States you do have to prove some sort of financial stability you're absolutely right even for these short term visitor type vis's there's already screening to try to detect people who might be coming here without means and likely does it for example overstay their visa getting insurance in this country is complicated for Americans it is even more complicated if you're coming into this country and presumably if you will have a work visa and you being sponsored by someone you would have insurance already so it's unclear a little bit who this is targeting exactly it sounds frankly more like the intention is for the optics of the policy as much as it is you know having a practical system in place to do it if you read the document that was announced you find that it actually outlines many of the other things that the trump administration has either proposed or is in the process of trying to pursue so they've presented in their own document as part of what advocates for immigrants referred to as the invisible wall your say Texas is one of the highest number of uninsured people in the U. S. so are the people who are uninsured Americans or is the bigger portion people who are immigrants seventy five percent at least of our insured are US citizens and then maybe another half a million are lawfully present immigrants some of the barriers to coverage that both US citizens and lawfully present immigrants face you know are things that are well within the authority of our legislature in our governor to address and obviously some of the shortcomings of the affordable Care Act that have left some Americans still unable to afford coverage are squarely in the lap of the US Congress so when the president says the uninsured individuals were immigrants are a burden on the health care system that is not the main cause of the burden of the uninsured most of that is is citizen so he is actually incorrect absolutely the vast majority of uninsured Americans are US citizens that is the big challenge we have we are obviously way more complicated here and we're looking to make it even more complicated for people to visit the United States potentially more expensive and thereby discourage particularly people who are not as means from visiting the United States that was and uncle burger of the center for public policy priorities in Austin Texas thank you so much thank you Lou Lou now to Hong Kong where anti government protests are in their eighteenth week today tens of thousands of protesters some with their faces covered began a peaceful March in heavy rain defying a ban on wearing masks and public gatherings but then police fired tear gas to disperse them it's the first large scale March since Tuesday when Hong Kong police shot and critically wounded an eighteen year old protester on Friday another protester was shot during some of the most violent clashes between demonstrators and police yet NPR's Beijing correspondent Emily thank is in Hong Kong Emily what are you seeing right now I'm not as major road in downtown Hong Kong and wonder this folder past where couple hundred people have stopped in facing off with right please a.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on Skullduggery

Skullduggery

14:00 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on Skullduggery

"I don't think that phrase is going to come up in that conversation and by the way speaking of sandline talking a little bit differently currently in this text then he apparently did at other times the Wall Street Journal as we record this this podcast just broke a story about Sunlen sometime sometime in late August. I believe meeting with Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin Republican from Wisconsin in which according to Johnson who told us to the Wall Street Journal Sunland told them there was a a explicit connection between holding back the military assistance and asking for investigations right and and let's also remember that there's a five hour gap almost five hours between Taylor's last line in that text message. It's crazy withhold security systems for help with political campaign and when Sunlen writes back bill. I believe you are incorrect about President Trump's intentions so there you have it that is the evidence speaking seemingly loud and clear in those text messages. So what does it add up to and we've actually actually got a guest to talk a little bit about that. We're going to bring them in a moment Michael Zeldin former federal prosecutor and legal analyst on CNN so let's get a Mike insights into this Michael Goes Zeldin. Welcome back to skulduggery. Thanks for having me sure well listen so we've just been reading through the text messages that were released last night by the House committees you with your keen legal mind. I've reviewed them. Give us your take on what this adds up to well. In some sense what you come into reading them is what you can take out of it but I come into reading it sort of neutrally and say does this support the notion that the present the United States was using the powers of his office for personal political will gain and it seems clearer to me than obscure that the text messages that came from Voelker and others support the notion that at play here was an effort to get the Ukrainians to to investigate Biden Hunter Biden Vice President Biden and the company that hunter was associated with in exchange for a visit to Washington and the release of military aid and that is objectionable legally. I think it's probably a violation of the extortion statutes. It's a stretch a bit but I think it fits it. It also Oh is what I think is quintessentially an abuse of the powers of his office. Well you just put the finger on what I think is is going to be a critical issue moving forward. Is this an impeachment about generic abuse of power. Which of course impeachment can be whatever the house decides it wants to impeach on and it seems on its face and abuse the president's presents powers of his office because he's he's using it for purely for politics rather than the advancement of some? US Foreign Policy Generic has foreign policy interest but is it a crime. Is there a crime here taking these text messages and putting it through putting it next to the transcript of the phone call you you mentioned extortion. Now these text messages that you know you have the the reference by Taylor to the hold up military assistance but the smoking gun in the text messages passages is the explicit linkage between a White House meeting and the White House meeting and a statement from Zilenski that that they're going to investigate the Biden's and two thousand sixteen electron assistance. That seems not quite as hard for making the case for extortion. Is there tell me as as as a former prosecutor yourself. Would you make this extortion case. Would you make it a bribery abry case. Would you make it a campaign finance case or would you acknowledge well. We don't really have enough to make this a criminal case right now so impeachment intruments should be about generic abuse power rather than a violation of specificcrime get to let's unpack a couple of things there. I I think it's the majority view that treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors does not require a violation elation of a criminal statute in fact when this was drafted there were very few criminal statutes it was mostly English common law and the phrase phrase high crimes and misdemeanors which were common in English parliament that the time had as a common denominator that the official somehow abused the power of his office and therefore was unfit to serve so one need not prove approve a crime in statutory sense in order for to trigger what was contemplated by the drafters in in the high crimes and misdemeanors phrase. Let me stop you right there for a moment though because yes that's good originalist argument about what the framers intended when they wrote the constitution but as a practical matter in terms of precedent. We've had three presidential impeachments. that have gone the House has spent time on one one. Andrew Johnson was all about violation of the tenure of office act a violation of law number two Nixon it was about obstruction destruction of justice in a criminal proceeding to cover up a burglary a violation of law and of course with Bill Clinton. It was about perjury a violation of law so this would be a break. This would be unique in American constitutional history to have an impeachment. That's about a generic abuse of of office rather than violation of a specific federal statute crate. Maybe I'm not sure so much no at factually that's it's just right whether whether that's a barrier to doing it is another question but I'm just saying factually historically. That's what presidential impeachments have been about. Well except Andrew Johnson was generally speaking a beauce charged with failing to carry out the desires wires up the Republican controlled Congress over reconstruction he disagreed with them and he was impeached over that political disagreement but we don't have to debate the history of prior impeachment. Mostly interlaced stinky articles were about violation of the tenure of office act a law that was later declared unconstitutional constitutional by the right. Go ahead right. It's a much easier case to make if there's a crime that is is articulate bowl and people understand that and that the impeachment derives from that but it's not a correct was it the prerequisite is that the person violate the obligations of his office by abusing thing it's powers and it seems to me that the evidence still is evolving but it seems to me that Prime Officia case this has been made that between the president of the United States his emissary Rudy Giuliani the president of the Ukraine Kalinski. There was a clear understanding that the president would do something he's officially obligated to do in exchange for something thing that's personally and politically beneficial to him well. They're wearing Michael there. You're talking about releasing the military assistance as opposed to meeting with Zilenski in the Oval Office because he's not he's officially obligated to do that. That's right and I think one could probably listening to this. Call say well. He's not he's still the president of the United States. He doesn't have to do with Congress. Has You know authorized him to do so that the pushback would be. He is not doing something hoping that he ever has to do. He's doing something Congress has asked him to do but it seems to me that if we were in a court of law to answer my answer Mike's Question probably this is not a case that one would bring because they're all these complicating factors given that the defendant would be the president of the United States but I think conceptually what we have here. Is this violation of public. Trust that is that you will not use the powers of your office for personal political gain whether that violates the law or whether that's something that you have sort of the privilege of doing in a in a in a in a broad sense because of your article two presidential powers it seems on its face to be that which the federalist paper sixty five urged as the proper analysis of what is a high crimes or misdemeanors which is what I said which of those offenses that's proceed from the misconduct of public men a violation of their public trust well since this is a ultimately a political matter and the American people are going to have to come along and support impeachment four four or at least for for conviction to happen in the Senate then you have to you have to figure out whether the American people are going to are going to be persuaded by this and it strikes me that you know what you're talking first of all. They're not going to be looking. Most Americans aren't going to be looking at the federal papers. They're going to be hearing these arguments and they're. I'm not gonNA hear that. Specific laws have clearly been violated. Although a lot of people will say they have been but that won't be dispositive is the lawyers say and they already kind of come to this or a lot of Americans already come to this with a pretty cynical attitude about politics and politicians and how politicians at the end end of the day are corrupt and do their work for their own benefit and not for the benefit of the American people so it seems there's still a long distance to go to sort of shock the conscience of millions millions of Americans who are going to have to support impeachment before this actually happens if you were involved in in this process and were drafting articles of impeachment were involved in in these hearings bringing witnesses before the committee and kind kind of laying out the case to the American people. What do you think the most compelling argument would be to move people toward impeachment well as I said I I am a long way from leaving that an impeachable offense has been committed just said that they have made sort of a primer facial argument a first step analysis that the president of the United States was using the powers of his office for personal political gain so like any one bringing case in a court of law or in the Court of Public Opinion. You now have to garner the facts to support that theory and we have had one witness Volker yesterday who provided us he's text messages which seem to corroborate what the whistle blower said in his complaint that they are her complaint that there was a an abuse of the powers of the office that was sufficiently alarming to bring this to the inspector through general's attention into the attention of the Congressional Oversight Committees that we have the text of the communications between the President and ends Alinsky and that you know partial summary of the call which seems again lay up at case and now what you need to do is bring in other witnesses who can corroborate. What is you know sort of facially apparent and if you can't bring that if you don't get those witnesses and you can't muster the evidence necessary to lock down that this was in lawyers language quid pro quo tit for tat then. I don't think the American people are going to support it and I think they'll accept that cynical view that politicians all do this and let's just get onto the twenty twenty election. Well look I will point out. There's a two sided nature to these text messages. They are damning but they also compromise the at least certainly Kurt Voelker the ambassador the Special Envoy and Gordon Sunlen the ambassador to the European Union. They both are complicit in this idea of pressuring the Ukrainians to make these statements that will please the president about investigating his political rival and and using a White House meeting minimum as a as leverage for that so they're they're compromise. They not Issakov this economy white hats in this yeah they're compromised but the way in which they're compromised affirms the underlying conspiracy so they're so they're compromising the way in the way that like you know you know..

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

04:06 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

"The show we had nine eastern on MSNBC Rachel has the night off but she will be back tomorrow. Don't despair and then a day that saw Donald Donald trump dispense with any notion that he wouldn't publicly seek the help of foreign governments to aid with his political dirty work on a day when we thought that might be the top story we begin with even more breaking news on this fast moving and growing scandal. Here's the top of new report from the New York. Times reporters Ken Vogel and Mike Schmidt They report this quote wrote two of President Trump's top on voice to Ukraine drafted a statement for the country's new president in August that would have committed Ukraine pursuing investigations nations sought by Mr Trump in his political rivals. That's according to three people briefed on the effort. They continue quote the drafting of the statement. Mark's new evidence evidence of how Mr Trump's fixation with Ukraine began driving senior diplomats to bend American foreign policy to the president's political agenda in the two weeks after the July twentieth call between the two leaders so backing up for a minute here July twenty fifth is when President Trump has his phone call all with Ukraine's new president and according to the White House his own notes on the call. The Ukrainian leader brought up military aid that his country was expecting from the US US military aid that Donald Trump had just put on hold and Donald Trump said to him on that call quote. I would like you to do us a favor though he asked the Ukrainian president to help cast doubt on Russia's responsibility for attacking the twenty sixteen years selection and then he asked him for help ginny dirt on trump's potential political rival Joe Biden the White House put the nose from that call and a super secret server meant for highly classified codeword protective material cereal but now we know according to the New York Times tonight that trump's top Ukraine diplomats then set about trying to get Ukraine's president to commit publicly quick to doing trump's bidding here's more from that times report quote the statement was drafted by Gordon Sauna and the US ambassador to the EU and Kurt Voelker than the State Department's onboard Ukraine this statement committing Ukraine to investigate conspiracy theories about Joe Biden and about Russia not having hacked the Democrats in two thousand sixteen. The Time said says it is quote unclear if it was delivered to the Ukrainian president but no statement was released publicly early under his name they continue the drafting of the statement was an effort to pacify Mr trump and Rudy Giuliani and normalize relations between the the two countries as Ukraine faced continuing conflict with Russia. Mr Sunland Mr. Volcker believed that Mr Giuliani was quote poisoning Mr Trump's uh-huh mind about Ukraine and that eliciting public commitment from Mr Alinsky to pursue the investigations would induce Mr Trump Tamar fully fully support the new Ukrainian government and as we said all of this comes on a day when president trump asked yet another country this time China to investigate Joe uh-huh Biden erasing all doubt about whether he could or would or will happily collude with foreign powers in plain sight to boost his reelection prospects checks but the idea that the president's mind is being poisoned against an allied country and that US diplomats were scrambling running around to try to contain the damage. It's a frightening prospect all on its own joining us. Now is one of the reporters who broke the story tonight. Mike Schmidt is Washington correspondent with the New York Times. Take us through grew where this report fits into the rest of the fact pattern that we have now about if you take the rudy dossier that the State Department Inspector General turned over to Congress yesterday you take this effort that that conspiracy theory had filtered down but you have to put all that aside you have to look in the context of the July call in July..

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on Here & Now

Here & Now

10:42 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on Here & Now

"From NPR and WB you are I'm tiny Moseley. I'm Jeremy Hobson. It's here now amid an impeachment inquiry focused on the president asking a foreign power in a phone call call to interfere in a US election by investigating one of the president's political rivals the president today publicly asked not just Ukraine but also China to investigate the Biden's China started investigation into the by because what happened in China is just about as bad that is what happened with with Ukraine. NPR National Security Editor Phil Ewing joins US fill the president has made it clear with that statement that he has no problem with asking foreign leaders for help. Investigating political opponents is he admitting to exactly what Democrats are accusing him of well. The accusation sation in the Ukraine cases more complicated because of the situation with the foreign assistance. The United States has been giving to the government of Ukraine since the incursion there by Russian military forces in two thousand fourteen the China situation is its own new thing that we're just kind of learning to live with since the president's comments this morning because there isn't the same kind of alleged quid pro quo taking place between the Chinese government and the American in government however as you point out this was the underlying premise for a Lotta these investigations and criticisms of the President whether he could bring in foreign governments to interfere in American politics or become involved in American politics and now with the mention of the Chinese. We've got another nation the mix as well isn't it illegal to do that though especially if you're getting something of value which many would look at four and help in a campaign being something of value. The answer is yes and the chairwoman. I'm not of the Federal Elections Commission now. Weintraub said on twitter a few minutes ago a point that she's made in the past about how it's illegal for an American political operative to solicit this is kind of help or contribution from any foreigner not just a foreign government however as we've also learned through the past two years these laws are very difficult to apply hi the special counsel's Office under Robert Muller assessed whether to make some kind of prosecution under this law against Donald trump junior potentially others because of a meeting eating they had in two thousand sixteen with some Russians which they got a tip about Democrats but you for one thing you have to know that you're breaking the law in order to be able to be charged with it and it's also very difficult we've learned in that case and also the Ukraine case for prosecutors to assess whether the subject of conversation is a thing of valuable a excuse me thing of value that can be quantified for the purposes of the law it wasn't written with the expectation that people would be testing testing it in these ways and and that's why we're we've kind of sailed off the map in terms of these practices and what the law says what about what the president is talking about their he. He's repeated something. He's been saying which is that. Hunter Biden received a billion and a half dollars from China in exchange for a sweetheart deal from the US The Washington Post rates that claim with four Pinocchio which translates to a Walker now the Biden campaign is responding today with a statement saying trump is desperately clutching for conspiracy theories that have been debunked and dismissed. What is trump talking talking about with the China connection well. The big picture here is the president and his supporters. WanNa make the conversation about the presidential race in two thousand twenty about out this perceived weakness of Biden with these business dealings by his son Hunter Biden and apart from any specifics and you and I are talking. I don't know specifically the details of if these China arrangements that the president was alluding to this area. They consider to be a winner. They want this to be a part of the conversation. They want it to be out there and they want Joe Biden in his campaign to be on defense as opposed to talking about the primary the other Democratic candidates and then talking about trump as a perspective twenty twenty rival for Biden. If he you become the nominee my understanding is that Hunter Biden is alleged to have used or tried to take advantage of Biden's status as the vice president in the the Obama Administration to build connections overseas not just in Ukraine as you heard trump talk about but also in China and Hunter Biden may also have flown with the vice president to China on air forced to on an official visit and then made some kind of contact or or meeting there I don't know the specifics about other than the fact that this is an area the president considers leaders to be a fertile source of attacks against the Democrats and against the Biden specifically finally Phil just briefly on Capitol Hill today lawmakers are hearing from Kurt Voelker who was a career State Department official who stepped down abruptly from his role amid the whistleblower complaint about Ukraine. Democrats hoping to hear from Him Volker connected did Rudy Giuliani the president's attorney with some Ukrainian representatives at a time when Giuliani had taken on this Ukraine portfolio as a part of the trump campaign efforts to find out what they could about Biden's dealings and Ukraine Democrats want to ask him more about that and they also want to ask him about what kind of efforts were made within the official bounds of the State Department department including potentially with the Secretary of state as a part of that campaign or that that goal of finding out more about the Biden's in Ukraine. NPR National Security editor affiliating thank you thank you. There's a curfew in Baghdad as anti-government protests in Iraq turned deadly. Iraqi authorities have also cut Internet access access to try to halt the demonstrations which were spurred by the country's deteriorating economy meanwhile in Egypt. The government has taken more than two thousand people into custody after recent protests there Amnesty International calls it the biggest crackdown yet under the Egyptian president the BBC Sally and Bill joins us from Cairo Hi Sally Hulo. How are you doing tell us more about these mass arrests in Egypt two thousand. Why have all of these people some of them children as I understand it had been rounded up. That's the big question and I don't think anyone can give a clear cut answer to that but it all goes back to September twentieth when hundreds of protesters I took to the streets in Cairo in Theory Square the birthplace of the twenty seven revolution and in other parts of the country. They were calling on president. MCC to step down and the also chanted against the military rule altogether and this by all means was unprecedented since presidency. He came to power in two thousand fourteen no protests there could ever set foot in the square. The government has severely restricted anti-regime protests tests so that was a day to remember and I was there. I've heard people chanting and they were really angry. They called on the President President to leave power and the government seemed to respond with a very heavy crackdown because in the days to follow hundreds of people have been arrested according into human rights lawyers was we've been speaking to nearly two thousand but some of them have been recently released. We don't have the exact number yet but we know no that a large number of them have already been released and we're talking about. Journalists activists politicians even lawyers who are representing detainees all during their your work you mentioned people taking to the streets for the first time since the new regime has taken place and why they're doing thing it there was something a building contractor who spoke out about what he thought was really corruption. Can you tell us a little a bit more about him and sparked the protests. Yes this is true. He was the trigger he is a building contractor who flew to Spain recently and he's living in self imposed exile. He published a number of videos on social media that went absolutely viral and Egypt some some people's his name is Mohammed. EILLY and some people here in Egypt are even saying that he has become a replacement for net flicks because because everybody's watching him and he said that he's been working with the army and construction projects for nearly fifteen years and he uncovered some details about the mega construction projects carried out by the government and he said that the president himself and top army generals waste millions of corruption pounds on building lavish presidential palaces that the country does not need as well as mega construction projects that won't benefit Norman Egyptians options and this comes at a time where many people here are living from hand to mouth the government has imposed austerity measures that they are hitting a lot of Egyptians and according to the disticts released by the government recently nearly one third of the Egyptian of Egypt's population are you're living below the poverty line so when Mohammed Ali started talking about the details of the construction projects this has enraged a lot of Egyptians Egyptian's actually and perhaps this is what really pushed them to take to. The streets spotted smart just mohammad-ali himself. It's the dire living conditions. They've been going through in recent years. have any of the protesters charged with any crimes. I've been talking to some families is all those who are being interrogated now and they have been reprimanded in custody for nearly fifteen days some of the charges I remember assistant of one of those behind. Bars told me that there are there is a cliche list of charges that includes protesting staying without permission spreading false news belonging to a terrorist group. These are the main charges and one of the most most interesting things that I've heard from lawyers that security forces they the arrested even passes by people who do not who didn't take part part in them in the protests the just happened to be there for some reason or another and the arrests continued in the days to to follow so it wasn't just on them twentieth of September but all also on the days that followed and this is why many lawyers are calling them random arrests. What's that have nothing to do with the protests but they just want to intimidate the normal Egyptians. That's BBC's Sally Nabil speaking with us us from Cairo. Thank you sally thank you..

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KTOK

KTOK

01:37 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KTOK

"AM and K. XXY FM ninety six point one eight. some in Congress are moving ahead toward impeachment einen Kerik fox news Congress is headed out on two weeks rest recess while some house Democrats indicate impeachment investigations could begin as soon as next week Louisiana Republican congressman and house minority whip Steve Scalise telling fox and friends he didn't find anything problematic about president trump's July phone call with Ukraine I read the transcript which by the way they were saying was gonna have quid pro quo there is not a single mention of quid pro quo of you know for and any kind of foreign aid all of those other things that they were talking about. president drop also claims nothing inappropriate happened and it's clear he's not happy about sharing the transcript fox's mark Meredith the White House says after president trump took office it was concerned too much information about foreign calls were leaking out this came after details of private conversations with former leaders of Australia and Mexico leaked out to the press the whistle blower alleged in the complaint the White House was trying to lock down the contents of that call with Ukraine but a former national security official told foxnews securing conversations is common here at the White House president trump has been talking about this on his favorite platform Twitter and he's using a phrase that we heard him say it over and over again during the Robert Muller investigation presidential harassment US envoy for Ukraine Kurt Voelker resigned Friday due to the whistleblower investigation entrepreneur in twenty twenty presidential candidate Andrew Yang making a campaign stop in Concord New Hampshire this morning.

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"kurt voelker" Discussed on KNST AM 790

KNST AM 790

01:34 min | 1 year ago

"kurt voelker" Discussed on KNST AM 790

"T. E. M. seven nine yard radio station. some in Congress are moving ahead toward impeachment einen Kerik fox news Congress is headed out on two weeks rest recess while some house Democrats indicate impeachment investigations could begin as soon as next week Louisiana Republican congressman and house minority whip Steve Scalise telling fox and friends he didn't find anything problematic about president trump's July phone call with Ukraine I read the transcript which by the way they were saying was gonna have quid pro quo there is not a single mention of quid pro quo of you know for and any kind of foreign aid all of those other things that they were talking about. president trump also claims nothing inappropriate happened and it's clear he's not happy about sharing the transcript fox is mark Meredith the White House says after president trump took office it was concerned too much information about foreign calls were leaking out this came after details of private conversations with former leaders of Australia and Mexico leaked out to the press the whistleblowers allege in the complaint the White House was trying to lock down the contents of that call with Ukraine but a former national security official told foxnews securing conversations is common here at the White House president trump has been talking about this on his favorite platform Twitter and he's using a phrase that we heard him say over and over again during the Robert Muller investigation presidential harassment US envoy for Ukraine Kurt Voelker resigned Friday due to the whistleblower investigation entrepreneur in twenty twenty presidential candidate Andrew Yang making a campaign stop in Concord New Hampshire this morning. red.

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